The last few weeks have seen a flurry of rumors attempt to nail-down the details of the impending Sprint Galaxy Nexus retail launch. The carrier announced back during CES-time that the Samsung smartphone would be one of the first LTE-capable handsets it would offer for sale. What we didn’t know was just when that would be. Lately, the rumors we had been hearing started converging on just one date: April 22. With just about a week to go until then, Sprint has made things official, confirming that the Galaxy Nexus will go up for sale this coming Sunday.
Sunday’s just the formal start of sales, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wait that long to get your hands on the GNex. As of today, the carrier’s started accepting pre-orders for the Ice Cream Sandwich handset, and says it intends to start shipping those phones out well in advance of Sunday; the first phones should be delivered to customers this Friday.
Smartphone fans are well familiar with the Galaxy Nexus by now, and there aren’t any big changes in store for the Sprint version. The ability to actually use the on-board NFC hardware for Google Wallet is a nice touch, though, and one that makes the Sprint version a bit more attractive than the restricted Verizon model. Of course, Verizon does benefit by having a large, functional LTE network, but Sprint’s 4G service should only get better in time.
The Sprint Galaxy Nexus 32GB will sell for just about $200 on-contract.